Abortion, is it just a matter of a woman’s free will?

Clara Akemi
In April, a draft of a document by the American Supreme Court, which might put an end to abortion rights in the United States, was leaked to the press, sparking a countrywide debate about the theme. Many American women rose up against it, yelling, “As a girl, I just hope that one day, I have as many rights as a gun!”

Although the interruption of pregnancy has been legal since 1970, there are law restrictions in some states. Then, among 26
conservative states, most in the centre and south of the country,
such as Wyoming, Tennessee and South Carolina are ready to ban foeticide altogether. But several more democratic states, including California, New Mexico and Michigan announced a plan to enshrine abortion rights in law.

“Banning abortion does not reduce the number of procedures. It just leads women and girls to have it in an unsafe way,” commented Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the World Health Organization. This is indeed a fact of life here in Brazil; women undergo surgeries to terminate their pregnancy in unauthorized clinics. Unfortunately, many of them end up with severe consequences and even die.

The Brazilian government grants interruption of pregnancy only in case of rape, risk of life to the pregnant woman and malformation of the fetus diagnosed with anencephaly, for example. Among 176 hospitals, only 76 make this kind of health service available in our country. Even though it is a legal procedure, the majority of Brazilians believe euthanasia to be a crime that should not be carried out under any circumstances.
Anyway, this is a moral, ethical, and religious issue which is pretty complex and controversial. However, only the woman should have the right to make such a tough decision.
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